Chain of 96 urgent care centers will pay $6.6M to settle false billing allegations

New York City-based CityMD, which operates 96 urgent care centers nationwide, has agreed to pay the federal government $6.6 million to settle false claims allegations, according to the Department of Justice.

According to the government, CityMD billed Medicare for services rendered by physicians who did not actually provide those services. CityMD admitted it employed several physicians who were not credentialed with the Medicare program, and falsely billed Medicare for services provided by those physicians using the National Provider Identifier numbers of credentialed physicians.

CityMD also billed Medicare for more expensive and complex services than were actually provided to patients or were supported with documentation in medical records. The company would have received a lower rate of reimbursement from Medicare had it billed for services actually rendered, according to the DOJ.

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